I would like to build on Fred’s testimony from last week. Fred testified how he finally got a house after 13 years to the month of selling his last home. He mentioned he bid on several houses and looked at many more. What he didn’t mention is what he said to me each time a bid fell through or a house did not meet their needs. He would always say, “I am trusting the Lord for the right house at the right time. He will get us the house we need.” I paraphrased his words.
Fred and Jody were trusting the Lord for a house.
My question is, “Why could Fred and Jody trust the Lord for such a need?”
In Luke 16:10, Jesus concludes his story about a certain rich man with a not-so-scrupulous steward. Jesus states: If you can be trusted in the least of these things you can also be trusted with much.
You might recall the story where a rich man had a steward. A steward is a person who manages someone else’s property and money. In this case, the steward was skimming from his master. The master called the steward to account for all the money and property. The steward became scared and to cover up his mis-deeds, he called all the debtors to the rich man and shaved down their debt. He did that so the books would balance and the debtors would befriend him when he lost his job.
The entire story revolved around money. Jesus concluded his story saying he who is trusted in that which is least would be trusted also in much. Jesus basically called money the least thing to be concerned with. The greater the concern, the greater the trust level must be. Jesus was saying if we can trust Him with the least, our money, we can then trust Him with greater things.
Jesus wants us to trust Him for our money and livelihood which He calls the least, so we can trust Him for the big things in life, such as houses, health, healings, and so forth. How many would agree with me that trusting God for money is one thing, but we kind of choke when it comes to cancer, retirement, jobs, etc.?
Let me use an illustration. I have here three invoices from Home Depot which represents one of my projects at home. These receipts remind me of several things:
- The inventory of items purchases and the amount of work I bought myself.
- The amount of confidence I have in my abilities to do with those materials I said I would. The invoices amount to a little over $13,000. How many consider that to be a large amount of trust in my abilities?
- These invoices also remind me of the level of trust my wife has in my abilities to do something with those things I spent $13,000 to buy. Do you think for one moment she would let me spend that kind of money if she didn’t trust my abilities?
Cindy had to trust me and my abilities to do something with the material purchased. I have a receipt proving her level of trust. If she can trust me in that area, can she trust me in greater areas of life?
You may be wondering what does this have to do with tithes and offerings?
At the end of each year, River of Life Church provides me with a receipt of my giving for the past year. This recent reminds me of several things:
- It lists each donation. It also totals my contributions. Each year, the first place I look at is the total contributions.
- It shows me the confidence God has in His abilities to do what He promises. Didn’t He say, “Give and it will be given back to you, good measure, press down, shaken together and running over shall be given back into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38). Didn’t He say He would never leave me nor forsake me? (Duet. 31:6). Doesn’t His Word say through the Psalmist David, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Ps. 103:2-5)
- It tells me how much I trust God and His Faithfulness. I compare my total to the previous year. If the number is greater, I have proven to myself I trust God more this year than last year. AND, it tells me the level of trust I can have in His promises. If I trust Him in my finances, I should be able to trust His other promises of healing, housing, jobs, etc. Right?
I have a receipt of my trust level.
To what level are your trusting God? Look at your receipt. Is it 2%? Is it 5%? Is it 10%? Is it more? If you are trusting Him in your finances, which is the least, Jesus says we can trust Him in the greater things.
Fred and Jody tithed. That opened the door to trust Him for a house.
Where is your trust level? Look at your receipt.
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